Structural Integration & Massage

 Massage and Structural IntegrationARTICLE EXCERPT: Everybody knows what massage is. We know at least roughly what to expect if someone says they offer massage therapy, or even if they offer one of the other many style and flavors of the massage world; therapeutic, deep tissue, swedish, lomi lomi, myofascial, shiatsu, relaxation, and so on. We understand that we may not know the exact details of each style, technique or practitioner. But we know to picture a massage table, a face cradle, probably dim lighting and soothing music, and a therapist performing some sort of direct hands-on contact with our bodies. We expect to relax, feel better, and have less pain afterwards.

But I’m a Structural Integrator. Hardly anybody knows what that is. And people definitely notice that Structural Integrators typically do not advertise structural integration massage. Nope – just structural integration. With the conspicuous absence of the M word, what’s a prospect to think? I use a massage table, I tend to keep the lights low, I play soothing music. I most certainly do hands-on work, and I even want my clients to feel better. So why don’t I just call it “structural integration massage,” to make it easier for everybody to understand what I do?

The reason I don’t call it “massage” is that it really is different. It isn’t a “flavor” of massage. The founder of structural integration was… ~Click here to read the rest of this article~

Written by Carli Herrs.
Carli is a certified structural integrator, pilates instructor and owner of Soma Kinetics. You can read more about her here. You can also find her on Google+ and Facebook.